Your official guide to the 16th annual Rick Majerus Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout, scheduled for December 28-29-30 at Concordia University in Mequon:
Five Things To Watch …
1. De Pere vs. Wisconsin Lutheran – The top-ranked team in Division 1 (De Pere) takes on the second-ranked team in Division 2 (Wisconsin Lutheran) in this marquee matchup at 7:00 p.m. on December 28. De Pere is coming off a 98-76 victory over highly regarded Kimberly, a game in which standout junior guard John Kinziger (6-0) scored 35 points. The Redbirds led by just three points at halftime, but blitzed the Papermakers in the second half. Sophomore center Will Hornseth (6-8) had 14 points and senior Jack Jorgensen (6-2) added 23 for De Pere. Wisconsin Lutheran is getting 18.8 ppg and 7.2 rpg from star sophomore Kon Knueppel (6-5), who already owns NCAA Division I scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Illinois, Marquette, Minnesota, Texas A&M and Wisconsin, among others. Senior Jordan Glenn (5-11) is contributing 15.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2.8 apg. Glenn is the player who collapsed on the floor during a game last season and was cleared to play prior to the start of this season.
2. Undefeated teams – It's still early in the season, but no less than nine of the 32 teams taking part in the Rick Majerus WBY Shootout come into the prestigious event with unbeaten records. That list includes some of the most impressive teams in the state, including De Pere (6-0), Wisconsin Lutheran (6-0), Arrowhead (6-0), Columbus Catholic (7-0), St. Thomas More (8-0), Sheboygan Lutheran (8-0), Franklin (5-0), Cuba City (7-0) and Lake Country Lutheran (7-0). Five others have just one loss. That list includes Onalaska (3-1), Brookfield Central (5-1), Pius XI Catholic (6-1), Ashwaubenon (4-1) and DeForest (6-1). At least two of the unbeatens will leave the WBY Shootout with a loss as De Pere plays Wisconsin Lutheran, and Sheboygan Lutheran takes on Lake Country Lutheran.
3. 13 ranked teams in WisSports.net Coaches Poll – Two top-ranked teams and 13 ranked programs overall are scheduled to participate in the 32-team WBY Shootout. At the Division 1 level, top-ranked De Pere, fourth-ranked Brookfield Central, eighth-ranked Arrowhead, and 10th-ranked Menomonee Falls will compete. Two of the top 10 teams in Division 2 will participate, including second-ranked Wisconsin Lutheran and fourth-ranked DeForest. Among Division 3 schools, top-ranked Lake Country Lutheran, fourth-ranked Catholic Memorial and fifth-ranked St. Thomas More will play. In Division 4, second-ranked Sheboygan Lutheran and third-ranked Cuba City will participate. And in Division 5, second-ranked Columbus Catholic and 10th-ranked Newman Catholic will play.
4. Senational Sophomores – Six of the top 10 players in the current WisSports.net Player Rankings for the class of 2024 will participate in the Rick Majerus WBY Shootout. All six already are earning plenty of recruiting interest from NCAA Division I programs. Those six players include top-ranked Kon Knueppel (6-5) of Wisconsin Lutheran, fifth-ranked Amari McCottry (6-5) of St. Thomas More, sixth-ranked Jaquan Johnson (5-10) of Pius XI Catholic, seventh-ranked Will Hornseth (6-8) of De Pere, ninth-ranked Jack Daugherty (6-7) of Brookfield Central and 10th-ranked Sekou Konneh (6-7) of St. Thomas More.
5. Unsigned seniors worth watching – College coaches from programs at all levels have no shortage of unsigned seniors to watch at the WBY Shootout. The list is long and includes many very talented players. In alphabetical order, here is a list of seniors still searching for the right collegiate program ...
Wil Beyer, 6-6, Milwaukee Marquette
Tyler Bunkoske, 6-1, Beaver Dam
Ja'Quell Chisom, 6-3, Pius XI Catholic
Peytan Clarey, 6-4, Brookfield Academy
Steven Clay, 6-5, Menomonee Falls
Carson Cordelli, 6-5, Oak Creek
Jake Fisher, 6-3, Oconomowoc
Dan Gherezgher, 6-3, Brookfield East
Jordan Glenn, 5-11, Wisconsin Lutheran
Colin Hardrick, 6-3, Wauwatosa West
Brady Helbing, 5-10, Beaver Dam
Noah Howard, 6-0, Lake Country Lutheran
Asanjai Hunter, 5-11, The Prairie School
Matt Imig, 6-1, Ashwaubenon
Jack Jorgensen, 6-2, De Pere
Ben Lubbers, 6-6, Lake Country Lutheran
Isaiah Malison, 6-8, St. Thomas More
Grant Martin, 6-0, Menomonee Falls
Danny McNieve, 6-0, Oak Creek
John Nehls, 6-4, Lake Country Lutheran
Carter Olson, 6-0, Cuba City
Cam Pendleton, 6-0, Catholic Memorial
Charlie Pfefferle, 6-0, Xavier
Drew Reindl, 6-0, St. Thomas More
Carter Tower, 6-6, Oconomowoc
Jackson Urban, 6-7, Oak Creek
Isaac Verges, 6-0, Franklin
Sam Wilczek, 5-11, Columbus Catholic
Juniors And Seniors To Watch …
Wil Beyer, 6-6, Sr., F, Marquette (Uncommitted) -- Beyer is off to a strong start for Marquette as he is averaging 21.8 points and 6.4 rebounds to lead the Hilltoppers in both categories. Beyer is shooting better than 50 percent from the field and scored 33 points in a two-point loss to Catholic Memorial.
Riley Brooks, 6-6, Jr., G, Ripon (Uncommitted) -- One of the more intriguing players in the 2023 class, Brooks has the size and skill to play at the next level. IN fact, Toledo has extended a scholarship offer. Brooks is averaging 24.2 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
Tyler Bunkoske, 6-1, Sr., G, Beaver Dam (Uncommitted) -- A four-year varsity performer for coach Tim Ladron, Bunkoske has always been a good shooter. But now he has added some strength and the ability to take defenders off the dribble. He is averaging 19.9 ppg.
Peytan Clarey, 6-4, Sr., G, Brookfield Academy (Uncommitted) -- The last in a long line of stellar Clarey brothers to play at Brookfield Academy for coach and father, Pat Clarey, Peytan Clarey is a bit different than his older brothers. He has more size and length, and is a better rebounder, though he isn't the perimeter shooter his siblings proved to be at Brookfield Academy. He is averaging 15.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists.
Steven Clay, 6-5, Sr., G, Menomonee Falls (Uncommitted) -- Clay owns several NCAA Division I scholarship offers, but he opted to play out the season to see if additional offers come his way. An exceptionally athletic wing prospect, Clay is averaging 18.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
Jake Fisher, 6-3, Sr., G, Oconomowoc (Uncommitted) -- A physically and mentally strong backcourt performer with the ability to make long-distance shots and finish off drives through contact, Fisher is averaging 21.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists for Oconomowoc.
Dan Gherezgher, 6-3, Sr., G, Brookfield East (Uncommitted) -- A smooth wing player who can score in a lot of different ways, Gherezgher owns several offers from NCAA Division II programs. He is averaging 14.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg for the Spartans.
Jordan Glenn, 5-11, Sr., G, Wisconsin Lutheran (Uncommitted) -- Talk about rebounding from adversity, Glenn has done just that so far this season for the undefeated Vikings. After collapsing on the floor a year ago and sitting out the rest of the season while doctors determined his ailment, Glenn has returned to the court in a big-time way, averaging 15.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
Luke Haertle, 6-4, Sr., G, Lake Country Lutheran (Wisconsin, preferred walkon) -- One of the more complete and productive players in Wisconsin, Haertle is a four-year varsity standout at Lake Country Lutheran. He has scored 1,739 career points and currently is averaging 23.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.6 steals for an unbeaten that that finished second in the WIAA Division 3 State Tournament last March.
Colin Hardrick, 6-3, Sr., G, Wauwatosa West (Uncommitted) -- One of the top unsigned class of 2022 prospects in the state, Hardrick might attend a prep school next season as he is very young for his class. He currently owns NCAA Division I scholarship offers from Green Bay and Grambling State. Hardrick can score in different ways and currently is averaging 24.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists for the upstart Trojans.
Jalen Haynes, 6-2, Jr., G, Martin Luther (Uncommitted) -- Haynes teams with classmate Demerius Shakur (6-3) in the Spartans' talented backcourt. A good offensive player who uses his length and skill to score, Haynes is averaging 13.6 points and 4.5 rebounds for coach Paul Wollersheim at Martin Luther.
Brady Helbing, 5-10, Sr., G, Beaver Dam (Uncommitted) -- A smooth point guard with excellent ball-handling and passing skills, Helbing can defend at a high elvel as well due to his quickness on the perimeter. He is averaging 17.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 6.9 assists.
Asanjai Hunter, 5-11, Sr., G, The Prairie School (Uncommitted) -- Hunter is a returning starter from last year's club that went 24-4. He is taking on a bigger scoring and leadership role this time around and is averaging 16.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.4 steals.
Matt Imig, 6-1, Sr., G, Ashwaubenon (Uncommitted) -- Imig is a 1,000-point career scorer and a four-year varsity performer for Ashwaubenon. He is being recruited by several schools, including both UW-Oshkosh and St. Norbert. Imig is averaging 18.2 ppg and 3.5 apg.
Antwan Burns-Jones, 6-2, Jr., G, Catholic Memorial (Uncommitted) -- Burns-Jones has battled injuries thus far this season, but hopes to be at near 100 percent for the WBY Shootout. A strong wing player with good length and athleticism, Burns-Jones owns a NCAA Division I scholarship offer from Louisiana-Monroe.
John Kinziger, 6-0, Jr., G, De Pere (Uncommitted) -- They don't come much more complete than John Kinziger, who possesses the ball handling, passing, shooting and decision-making skills required of a backcourt performer. Kinziger is one of the state's top class of 2023 prospects and owns a NCAA Division I scholarship offer from Toledo.
Max Lucey, 6-3, Jr., G, Cuba City (Uncommitted) -- A long and bouncy wing prospect with deep shooting range, Lucey teams with Carter Olson in the stellar backcourt at Cuba City. Lucey is a three-year varsity performer who is averaging 14.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
Bennett McCormick, 6-3, Jr., F, Catholic Memorial (Uncommitted) -- One of the better slashers to the basket in the state, McCormick loves to attack the hoop. The three-year varsity performer is averaging 15.9 points and 5.0 rebounds for the Crusaders. McCormick owns a NCAA Division I scholarship offer from Portland State and also is an outstanding wide receiver for the state-champion Crusaders.
Braden McGlothlin, 6-3, Jr., G, Catholic Memorial (Uncommitted) -- The son of CMH coach Jeremy McGlothlin, Braden McGlothlin is an excellent communicator with his teammates on the court. He's also a versatile backcourt player who can play either guard position. A very good long-distance shooter, McGlothlin is averaging 11.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists.
John Nehls, 6-4, Sr., F, Lake Country Lutheran (Uncommitted) -- A versatile, wiry wing player who can slash to the basket and make mid-range jump shots, Nehls is having a terrific senior season for coach Mark Newman and the Lightning. The four-year varsity performer is averaging 16.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 57 percent from the field.
Ashe Oglesby, 6-7, Jr., F, The Prairie School (Uncommitted) -- The leading scorer and rebounder for The Prairie School, Oglesby is having a very productive junior season for coach Jason Atanasoff and the Hawks, who lost to Lourdes Academy on a last-second shot in last year's WIAA Division 4 state-title game. Oglesby averaged 10.6 points and 6.2 rebounds as a sophomore starter for the Hawks, but he has improved those numbers to 18.2 ppg and 9.7 rpg as a junior.
Carter Olson, 6-0, Sr., PG, Cuba City (Uncommitted) -- A very quick and dynamic lead guard for traditional power Cuba City, Olson currently owns an NAIA scholarship offer from Grand View. He is the catalyst behind Cuba City's 7-0 start and is averaging 19.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
Charlie Pfefferle, 6-0, Sr., PG, Xavier (Uncommitted) -- A blur with the ball in his hands, Pfefferle plays a bit like Steve Nash in that he is constantly probing a defense, trying to find cutting teammates while also looking for scoring opportunities himself. Pfefferle is averaging 18.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists for coach Matt Klarner and the Hawks.
Mason Prey, 6-3, Jr., G, Newman Catholic (Uncommitted) -- The son of former Newman and UW-Parkside standout Jim Prey, Mason Prey has been a mainstay in the Newman lineup since his freshman season. He is an excellent passer and can play either guard spot. Prey is averaging 21.2 ppg and 3.2 apg.
Drew Reindl, 6-0, Sr., G, St. Thomas More (Uncommitted) -- A long-distance sniper who can get on a roll from three-point range, Reindl drilled six triples in victories over Milwaukee North and Dominican this season. He is averaging 14.7 ppg for the Cavaliers.
Andrew Rohde, 6-7, Sr., G, Brookfield Central (University of St. Thomas) -- One of the top candidates to win the Mr. Basketball award, Rohde has been simply outstanding for coach Dan Wandrey and the Lancers. The versatile, long and skilled wing prospect is averaging 30.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.0 assists while also playing outstanding defense for one of the state's top teams.
Matt Schmainda, 6-1, Jr., G, Brookfield East (Uncommitted) -- Already a two-year varsity performer for coach Joe Rux at Brookfield East, Schmainda is a very good all-around athlete as he was the starting quarterback for the Spartans' football squad last fall. A good shooter with excellent physical strength, Schmainda is averaging 18.8 ppg and 4.0 apg.
Isaac Seidel, 6-2, Jr., G, Newman Catholic (Uncommitted) -- One of the best pure shooters in the entire Rick Majerus WBY Shootout field, Seidel has made 35 three-point shots in nine games. He can also score in other ways and is averaging 19.4 ppg and 3.6 apg.
Alex Sherwood, 6-7, Jr., F, Xavier (Uncommitted) -- Sherwood already owns a few NCAA Division II scholarship offers, mostly because of his ability to score, run the floor, block shots and use his length to disrupt opponents with steals and deflections. He is averaging 19.0 ppg and 10.2 rpg for the Hawks.
Marcus Tomashek, 6-5, Sr., G, Ashwaubenon (Michigan Tech) -- An offensive machine who can hurt opponents off the dribble and from the perimeter, Tomashek is averaging 24.8 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Jaguars. A four-year varsity performer, Tomashek has scored more than 1,000 career points.
Seth Trimble, 6-3, Sr., G, Menomonee Falls (North Carolina) -- The No. 1-ranked collegiate prospect in Wisconsin's class of 2022 by WisSports.net, Trimble is an athletic point guard who is averaging 20.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists for a balanced Menomonee Falls squad. The North Carolina recruit can score off the dribble and from the perimeter.
Isaac Verges, 6-0, Sr., PG, Franklin (Uncommitted) -- Verges is enjoying a breakout season for the Sabers, who have won their first five games of the season. The talented point guard ranks among team leaders in almost every category and is averaging 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
Casey Verhagen, 6-1, Sr., PG, Sheboygan Lutheran (Northern Michigan) -- An attacking lead guard with outstanding quickness and excellent decision-making skills, Verhagen is a four-year varsity performer for Sheboygan Lutheran. He has scored 1,776 career points and had 39 points and seven three-point baskets in the Crusaders' most recent contest, a 97-71 victory over Kingdom Prep Lutheran. Verhagen is averaging 27.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists for the unbeaten Crusaders.
Andrew Verhelst, 6-4, Jr., F, Sheboygan Lutheran (Uncommitted) -- A physical and athletic forward who can score, defend and rebound, Verhelst is having a big season for coach Nick Verhagen at Sheboygan Lutheran. He is averaging 12.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
Max Weisbrod, 6-4, Sr., G, DeForest (Northern Michigan) -- A contender for the Mr. Basketball award, Weisbrod has been stellar through seven games for the Norskies. Playing for his father and coach, Craig Weisbrod, Max Weisbrod is averaging 24.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists for a very strong team. He recently scored 35 points and made 15 of his foul shots in a victory over a Yorkville Christian (Illinois) that featured Jaden Schutt, who has signed with Duke.
Sam Wilczek, 5-11, Sr., G, Columbus Catholic (Uncommitted) -- Wilczek has shown steady progress during his prep career and has developed into one of the top guards in the Eastern Cloverbelt Conference. Wilczek is averaging 15.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the undefeated Dons.
Mac Wrecke, 6-4, Jr., G, Arrowhead (Uncommitted) -- An explosive offensive player with deep shooting range and the ability to get to the basket, Wrecke is averaging 21.0 ppg and 4.4 rpg. He recently picked up a NCAA Division I scholarship offer from Milwaukee.
Sophomores (Class of 2024) To Watch …
TJ Adams, 6-1, Marquette
Bennett Basich, 6-3, Arrowhead
Jack Daugherty, 6-7, Brookfield Central
Jack Dykstra, 6-2, Cedarburg
Andrew Graf, 5-10, Brookfield East
Cole Hansen, 6-4, Wauwatosa West
Will Hornseth, 6-8, De Pere
Blake Jakobi, 5-8, Columbus Catholic
Jaquan Johnson, 5-10, Pius XI Catholic
Kon Knueppel, 6-5, Wisconsin Lutheran
Sekou Konneh, 6-7, St. Thomas More
Emmitt Konieczny, 6-0, Columbus Catholic
Amari McCottry, 6-5, St. Thomas More
Ryan Meehan, 6-3, Marquette
Nolan Minnessale, 6-5, Marquette
Eli Podall, 6-0, Franklin
Isaac Skemp, 6-4, Onalaska
Brandon Tilley, 6-4, Franklin
Drew Tomashek, 6-1, Ashwaubenon
Andrew Wagner, 5-9, Kettle Moraine
Freshmen (Class of 2025) To Watch …
Jackson Accuardi, 6-5, DeForest
Tino Conigliario, 5-10, Oconomowoc
Perry Dorris, 6-0, Martin Luther
Carsen Eeg, 5-11, The Prairie School
Jake Hansen, 5-11, Wauwatosa West
Zach Kinziger, 6-2, De Pere
Anthony Rise, 5-11, Brookfield Central
Kai Rogers, 6-10, Wauwatosa West
TJ Stuttley, 6-3, Onalaska
Zayn Young, 6-1, Pius XI Catholic
Logan Zahour, 6-1, Cedarburg
Rick Majerus WBY Shootout Notes …
There will be no pre-sale tickets. All tickets for the WBY Shootout will be sold at the door. The Buuck Fieldhouse can accommodate around 2,000 fans so plan to arrive early to make sure you can purchase a ticket.
Parking for the Rick Majerus WBY Shootout is free.
Ticket prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $10 for adults. The tickets are good for the entire day.
Copies of the 352-page 2021-22 Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook will be available for purchase for $30.
Game programs, which includes rosters and other information for all 32 teams, will be sold for $3.
The Concordia University basketball team will sell concessions throughout the event.
Zaleski Sports (www.zaleskisports.com) will stream live the games at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on December 29, and the games at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on December 30.
Following is the schedule of games for the Rick Majerus WBY Shootout …
Tuesday’s Games (December 28)
At Concordia University (Mequon)
10:00 a.m. – Lake Country Lutheran (7-0) vs. Sheboygan Lutheran (8-0)
11:30 a.m. – Catholic Memorial (5-2) vs. Franklin (5-0)
1:00 p.m. – The Prairie School (4-3) vs. Cuba City (7-0)
2:30 p.m. – DeForest (6-1) vs. Wauwatosa West (7-2)
4:00 p.m. – Cedarburg (4-5) vs. Ashwaubenon (4-1)
5:30 p.m. – Milwaukee Marquette (2-3) vs. Oconomowoc (4-3)
7:00 p.m. – Wisconsin Lutheran (6-0) vs. De Pere (6-0)
8:30 p.m. – Oak Creek (5-2) vs. Pius XI Catholic (6-1)
Wednesday’s Games (December 29)
At Concordia University (Mequon)
10:00 a.m. – Columbus Catholic (7-0) vs. Milwaukee Reagan (3-4)
11:30 a.m. – St. Mary's Springs (2-2) vs. Newman Catholic (7-2)
1:00 p.m. – Milwaukee Marquette (2-3) vs. Oak Creek (5-2)
2:30 p.m. – Appleton Xavier (4-3) vs. St. Thomas More (8-0)
4:00 p.m. – Onalaska (3-1) vs. Ripon (2-5)
5:30 p.m. – De Pere (6-0) vs. Wauwatosa West (7-2)
7:00 p.m. – Menomonee Falls (4-2) vs. Martin Luther (0-7)
8:30 p.m. – Brookfield East (3-3) vs. Arrowhead (6-0)
Thursday’s Games (December 30)
At Concordia University (Mequon)
10:00 a.m. – Columbus Catholic (7-0) vs. St. Mary's Springs (2-2)
11:30 a.m. -- Newman Catholic (7-2) vs. Brookfield Academy (5-2)
1:00 p.m. – The Prairie School (4-3) vs. Appleton Xavier (4-3)
2:30 p.m. – St. Thomas More (8-0) vs. Beaver Dam (7-2)
4:00 p.m. – Onalaska (3-1) vs. Franklin (5-0)
5:30 p.m. – Catholic Memorial (5-2) vs. Ripon (2-5)
7:00 p. m. --Brookfield Central (5-1) vs. Martin Luther (0-7)
8:30 p.m. -- Wisconsin Lutheran (6-0) vs. Kettle Moraine (5-3)
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